Definition of termitine in US English:

termitine

noun

Zoology
  • Originally: a termite. Now: specifically a termite of the subfamily Termitinae, typically having highly adapted jaws in the soldier caste.

adjective

Zoology
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of termites, specifically those of the subfamily Termitinae.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Blyth (1810–1873), zoologist. From termite + -ine, after French termitines, plural noun, itself after scientific Latin Termitina, subfamily name (P.-A. Latreille Hist. nat. gén. et partic. des insectes et crustacées III. 293; later changed to Termitinae.

Pronunciation

termitine

/ˈtəːmɪtʌɪn/